Sprightly utility Christian Salem has re-signed with Melbourne for another two years.
The 19-year-old, drafted with pick number nine in 2013, was currently on the standard two-year contract for draftees. The new deal will keep him with the Demons until the end of 2017.
He played 12 games in his debut season, and slotted a match-winning goal against Essendon in round 13.
After being drafted as a fleet-footed midfielder, Salem played most of his first year as a forward, while in the NAB Challenge so far he has roamed across half-back as a rebounding defender.
He's the second young player to re-commit to Melbourne in recent weeks after 2014 draftee Angus Brayshaw signed on until 2018, despite not playing a game yet.
Salem told melbournefc.com.au that contract discussions were "pretty quick and pretty sharp."
“I love this club already and I’ve only been here for a year and a bit, so I’m looking forward to the season," he said.
“I think [it was good] to get it out of the way just before the season starts so I don’t have to worry about it at all."
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